Suicide in Missouri: Mental health professionals not required to receive specific training

July 18, 1993, was Rick Strait’s 20th birthday. It was also the day he planned to end his life.

After his younger brother, Mathias, 17, died in a car crash in March 1993, Strait started having suicidal thoughts — how to end the pain. In April, they were infrequent. In May, they increased. June was horrible. By July, he was obsessing about the idea.

He couldn’t take it anymore. He focused on his 20th birthday.

Read the full story here.

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